Gregg.Siam wrote in post #16623347
You left off the part where they went overboard saying he doesn't need to switch. They simply wanted him to mention Canon products, which would be more than enough for a prominent photographer like him. Also, he has many other sponsors than just Canon.
What is he supposed to say? The whole point in making that video is to NOT come off like a corporate shill. But instead he comes off like someone trying really hard not to come off like a corporate shill.
What if Canon says "Look, we give you $50k/year to just mention our stuff along side Nikon. So you say 'Hey, this is a portrait, so I use a D800, but a 5D3 is also a good choice.' But we also want you to try out all our gear. If you will switch and always use our gear in all your programs and videos, we will give you $150k/year and make you part of our Explorers of Light program" What do you think he would say?
To those that said they paid him, he doesn't need the money, nor would they pay such an absorbent amount to simply switch. Free gear is really nothing. Have you seen the lenses he already owns for football photography?
That's ridiculous. Have you seen the lenses I already own for football? I own a Canon 300mm 2.8L IS, a Canon 400mm 2.8L IS and a Nikon 400mm 2.8VR. Plus all the shorter lenses needed. If someone offered me a suitcase full of money to switch to Sony [even though Sony has no soul], I'd make it work. Especially if my job was like his - paid to teach more than paid to shoot.
Bottom line, you can take great shots with any of the companies' gear and you can find unique positives about any of them. I'd shoot with whoever paid me more as well. And if I was a little hurt over getting bypassed on Nikon's Ambassador program and Canon was offering me a place on their Explorer of Light Program, that would make me a more interested (and feed my ego.)
Is the 1dx really that much better than the D4? I completely agree with the "wheel" on the back and being able to scroll through images quickly. That really stood out to me before I watched this video (I just switched to a canon 3 weeks ago). And I have read online that people agree that Canons tend to produce a more pleasing skin tone. And you know what they say; "You cant put anything on the internet that is not true".
I've owned both. I agree, I prefer the Canon wheel for scrolling through pics as well as the easy jump 10 on the front wheel. But it was low on my list of things (you can scroll with Nikon using the shutter speed dial, but it is a but clunkier.) More important to me was the Canon RATE button. I loved that.
The skintone thing is meh to me. I love what I am getting out of the D800. Nikon has had a tendency of being a little hot on the red channel in the past, but I am not seeing it in my images. If yall want, I can post SOOC of my D800 shots. I think that skin tone thing is a non-issue, personally. If skin tones were your #1, give Leaf a call.
I think he put the realistic part right up front. He loves the scroll wheel for shooting sports and selecting pics rapidly, the ergonomics, and the skin tones. Why does everything have to be some hidden conspiracy?
It isn't a hidden conspiracy. He said right up front that Canon offered him a lot of money in the form of a Sponsorship. I shoot pro sports and probably have a lot more than Kelby. I know I have been published for my sports work a lot more than him (if you don't count what he publishes himself.) That scroll wheel thing is not that big of a deal. It is better on Canon, but I think the initial playback is better on Nikon, which is when I usually make my selections. The D4 will playback my last series automatically and I can lock pics as it does that without interrupting the flow of pics on the back. Super useful and worked better than Canon.
I'm sure Canon threw in some stuff, but the guy already makes a killing and has some very expensive lenses. Basically there's not much they can offer that he doesn't already have.
There is always more money. Always.
As a pure beginner, I did questioned my decision of Canon over Nikon. When I got my first DSLR, I was coming from the Canon G7 and owned the 270 ex. That is what swayed me toward Canon, the fact that I already had a flash that I could use.
At that time, my niece, who does paid work, had all Canon gear. Shortly after that, she switched over to Nikon, stating they had 'better blues & greens'. Since then, I had a few co-workers that got into DSLR work and they all chose Nikon.
And I did wonder why many pros (such as Scott and his gang) chose Nikon instead of Canon, wondering 'is it that much better'? So I am happy that Scott switched to Canon and for the reasons that he did.
Meanwhile, I will just keep learning and, for the record, I still use my 270 ex
The best camera is the one in your hands. You can create great pics with either Canon or Nikon.
I agree with Kelby when he stated that if he could just take the Canon shutter button out and replace it with Nikon's, that'd make Canon a perfect camera. Don't know why Canon just can't seem to make the experience of pressing the shutter button as pleasing as Nikon's. I couldn't help laughing when I came across that remark by Kelby in the video.
The AF-ON button is a better feel on Nikon as well. I also like that I don't have to get into menus to do a lot of little things.
I would say that the nikon shutter button is great and the wheel in front of the shutter is awesome too. Just natural when your finger is not on the shutter. I do like my brothers nikon but their menu system is not as easy to change.
I like having all adjustment buttons on the top to make it quick for adjustment changes.
Bingo. I love both those wheels. They seem to make more sense to me and I was a Canon shooter for a decade+.
He was absolutely gushing about the auto focus and the speed and then the iso and then the High HIGH iso and the skin color and you know what?
When do you really use above 3200ISO, though? I don't think I have EVER used ISOs higher than that. Maybe prep HS shooters, but you also have to remember that the D4 tests out better on the high ISOs than the 1DX.
Nikon has gotten a lot of free press from the gang over at Kelby Training and NAPP with practically everyone there being Nikon shooters. I am sure that they have influenced a lot of people through the years, especially newbies, to choose Nikon equipment.
I seriously doubt it was all free. Kelby is too smart a businessman for that.